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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder is the definitive portrait of one of the pre-eminent artists of the 20th century, and the inventor of an art form, the mobile. This acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio and never-before-seen archival films and photographs.


Altina

A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and descendent of Sephardic Jews. Her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life.

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Architecture of Doom, The

A Film by Peter Cohen. Featuring never-before-seen film footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, this spectacular film shows the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture.

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Argentina

Poetic, riveting and moving, three-time Academy Award nominee Carlos Saura's latest foray into the music of Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage - from traditional styles to modern dance.

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Art House

In this stunning documentary, photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes.

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Art Is...The Permanent Revolution

Three contemporary artists and a master printer explore how social reality and protest are conveyed in art. While the stirring works of the masters sweep by, the making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes.

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Art of Filmmaking, The

This collector's edition box set features five documentaries: Tales from the Script, Directors: Life Behind the Camera, Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, Light Keeps Me Company and Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.

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Beat Hotel, The

1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America, producing some of the most important works of the Beat generation.

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Behind the Scenes Volume 1: Painting and Drawing

Learn abouy painting and drawing with David Hockney, Robert Gil de Montes, Wayne Thiebaud and Matt Groening. Hosted by Penn & Teller.

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Behind the Scenes Volume 2: Theater, Sculpture and Photography

Explore theater, sculpture and photography with Julie Taymor (The Lion King), sculptor Nancy Graves, and photographers Carrie Mae Weems and William Wegman.

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Behind the Scenes: The Complete Series

Discover the magic and mystery of artistic creation in this complete set of all 10 episodes of Behind the Scenes on 3 DVDs! Hosted by magicians Penn and Teller, the award-winning series explores the creative process with world-renowned artists.

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Bert Stern: Original Mad Man

The definitive look at life and work of one of the greatest American photographers, whose images helped create modern advertising and whose iconic photos of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe minted him as a celebrity in his own right.

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Bigger Splash, A

Filmmaker Jack Hazan follows artist David Hockney as he struggles to create what would prove to be some of his most enduring works: those featuring Hockney's model and lover, Peter Schlesinger.

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Bolero, The / In Search of Cezanne

Two films by Allan Miller. The Academy Award winning The Bolero captures the essence of an orchestra as Zubin Mehta conducts Ravel's classic. In Search of Cezanne is an exploration of the life and legacy of 19th century French painter.

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Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

From cinema-vérité pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the world’s best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre in this eye-opening two-disc box set.

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Casting By

Tom Donahue combines archival material and interviews with Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Martin Scorsese and many more to tell the story of legendary casting director Marion Dougherty, and Hollywood's most unheralded profession.

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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

Enter the foreboding world of Chet Zar, an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is as enigmatic as it is frightening.

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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney’s return from California to paint his native Yorkshire, outside, through the seasons and in all weathers.

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Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Two of the world’s most influential designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli’s work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say they are known by everyone, even by those who don’t know their names.

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Directors: Life Behind the Camera

Directors: Life Behind the Camera features thirty-three legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and their own careers. Featuring Scorsese, Altman, Lucas and many more!

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Insightfully narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is an intimate portrait of two of America's most important designers, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames.

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Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator.

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Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

Featuring Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan and more, this incisive and entertaining portrait of American poet and City Lights Bookstore founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti explores his vital role as catalyst for numerous literary careers, and for the Beat movement itself.

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Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child

A fascinating look at the creative process, this unique documentary explores what happens when the artist Gottfried Helnwein takes on the role of Production Designer for a never-before-seen opera written by Israel‘s most famous playwright.

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Herman's House

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in America - 40 years and counting in a 6-by-9-foot cell. This award-winning documentary reveals the remarkable expression his struggle finds in an unusual art project.

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Hiroshima No Pika & Hellfire

Narrated by Susan Sarandon, Hiroshima No Pika is an animated film based on the award-winning children’s book by Japanese artist Toshi Maruki. With the Academy Award nominated Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima.

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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

A portrait of one of the world’s premier architects, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? follows Norman Foster’s unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here is a double portrait in film of the lives and work of Russia's most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia.

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In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and animation in a tribute to John Fahey, the father of American Primitive Guitar.

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James Castle: Portrait of an Artist

Born deaf in 1899 in rural Idaho, James Castle mined the local landscape and his own deeply private world to produce an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions that eventually gained worldwide recognition.

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James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times

Narrated by George Plimpton, this documentary about the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists includes interviews with Edward Albee, John Updike, Alistair Cooke, Roy Blount Jr., Fran Lebowitz and others.

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Last Flight of Petr Ginz, The

By 14 he had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16 he had produced 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Jewish ghetto, and had walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz.


Levitated Mass

Doug Pray's film is the story of a 340-ton boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The massive artwork is the latest 'land sculpture' by one of America's most exciting artists, Michael Heizer.

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Making the Boys
A film by Crayton Robey

This documentary explores the legacy of “The Boys in the Band” - the first ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. With Edward Albee, Mart Crowley, Dominick Dunne, Tony Kushner and more.

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Master Qi and the Monkey King

This beautifully realized documentary chronicles the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, one of the preeminent masters of Chinese Opera living in the United States, and highlights the intricacies of Peking Opera, an art form that is hardly known in the West.

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Meredith Monk - Inner Voice

This ravishing documentary celebrates the multigenerational career of composer, singer, director and choreographer Meredith Monk and illuminates the role that Buddhism has had in her artistic practice.

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Model for Matisse, A

A warm and richly painted portrait of the little known relationship between Henri Matisse and Sister Jacques-Marie, the woman who inspired him to create what he proclaimed the masterpiece of his life's work: The Chapel of the Rosary in the French village of Vence.

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More Than the Rainbow

Chronicling the life and times of New York street photographer and former taxi driver Matt Weber, More Than the Rainbow is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.

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Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All

This in-depth portrait of notorious American author Nelson Algren uses interviews, rare archival footage, and the gritty voice of Algren himself to capture the elusive and unique literary figure whose fame was cemented with the success of The Man with the Golden Arm.

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New Rijksmuseum, The

In 2003, the ambitious renovation of The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam began. Home to masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, the museum finally reopened five years later than expected, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars.

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Our City Dreams

In this lyrical documentary, filmmaker Chiara Clemente shines a light on five women artists- Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer and Swoon- whose inspiration is fueled by living and working in New York City.

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Oyler House, The: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat

In 1959, government employee Richard Oyler asked world-famous architect Richard Neutra to design his modest home. To Oyler's surprise, Neutra agreed and a friendship began that led to the construction of a modern masterpiece.

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Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open

Based on an exclusive series of interviews with Paul Bowles shortly before his death and anecdotes provided by friends including Gore Vidal, Bernardo Bertolucci and many others, this fascinating documentary reveals a daring and visionary life.

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Peter Brook: The Tightrope

Peter Brook is one of the world's most respected and revolutionary theatre directors. To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, he has an exercise called 'the Tightrope' that revitalizes the theatrical experience.

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Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy

Actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily, where one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners instructs him in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry.

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Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s

Exploring the revolution in journalism sparked by the turbulence of the 1960s, Smiling Through the Apocalypse is the story of maverick editor Harold T.P. Hayes, who made Esquire magazine a galvanizing force in American culture.

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Song Within: Sedona, The

This gorgeous visual investigation by Sedona resident Kathy Douglas is an exploration of the basic belief that wisdom is everywhere. The film highlights 16 extraordinary Sedona women whose stories teach, entertain and inspire.

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Spring & Arnaud

Influential photographer Arnaud Maggs, turning 85, embarks on a series of self-portraits that wryly depict his life's work. Spring Hurlbut at 60 is creating haunting works that evoke mortality. Together more than 25 years, each grapples with the nature of an artist's creativity.

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Tales from the Script

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and other Hollywood screenwriters share insights and anecdotes in the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting.

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Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

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Top Hat & Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of The New Yorker

Narrated by Stanley Tucci, Top Hat and Tales chronicles the first 25 years of The New Yorker, from its creation by Harold Ross in 1925 to his death in 1951.

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Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Troublemakers unearths the birth of land art in the late 1960s and early 1970s when a cadre of renegade artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing monumental earthworks in the desert of the American southwest.

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True New York

In a city with 8 million people, there's bound to be a few good stories. True New York is a feature-length compilation anthology film featuring five award-winning short documentaries and the amazing characters who call the city home.

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War Photographer

This Academy Award nominated film follows James Nachtwey, a committed, shy man, who is considered one of the bravest and most important war photographers of our time.